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Back-To-School Family Crafts

Posted by Erika on Aug 31, 2009 in Crafts , Family Crafts

Get Creative

  • Get a little creative and personalize your school supplies with this back-to-school family craft . This is a great way to get you ready for your first day back to school. Start by picking your gear, purchase fabric paint and start embellishing it with your own innovative ideas.
  • Consider decorating your lunch box with all your favorite action figure cartoons. Tired of your plastic baggies? Get creative by reusing snack and sandwich containers from juice cartons and milk jugs. Kids you can get creative by decorating your eco-friendly containers with stickers and markers with your own personalized touch.

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Try this idea for your own recycled sandwich box:

  1. Mark a clean 1-gallon milk jug.
  2. Cut along markings. Pierce a row of dots with a thumbtack to make the creased lines.
  3. Fold the flaps along creased lines, then open and fold flaps in opposite direction, making it easier for kids to open and close. Add an adhesive-backed Velcro dot closure.

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Creative Book Cover

Posted by Erika on Aug 17, 2009 in Crafts , Kid's Craft , Uncategorized

Get your kids excited about going back to school with this great ft. Have them make their own designer book cover! Choose any material like tie-dye fabric or a different patterned cloth, whatever suits your taste. You’ll need:

  • Brown paper bag
  • Pieces of fabric cloth
  • Glue
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors
  • Textbook

1.  First you need to cut the paper bag  by cutting from the top of the bag to the bottom along the corner creases. Also cut the bottom of the bag completely.

2.  Place your textbook in the middle of the brown paper cover .Folding the top and bottom of the brown paper cover so that it is now exactly the size of the textbook, crease the folds and bring the side of the brown paper cover over the book.

3.  Open the cover of the book and fold the left side of the paper around the cover of the book. Do the same with the other side. Open the cover and mark the paper at about half the width of the book cover. Do the same with the other side. Remove the paper from the cover and trim the paper to where you marked it with scissors.

4.  Slide the cover back onto the text book to make sure it fits. Adjust the brown paper cover if it feels too snug or too loose. Once it fits properly, remove and set aside.

5.  Line the area where you will be working with wax paper. Mix 2/3 cup glue and 1/3 cup water in bowl with your paintbrush.

6.  Cut fabric into about 2” x 2” pieces. Open paper book cover and place “better” side up onto the wax paper. Start by painting a 2” section in a top corner of the paper with glue mixture. Next place a piece of fabric on the glue, add more glue and paint over the piece of fabric scrap, smoothing with your paintbrush as you go. Scrap should be saturated. Repeat until the paper cover is completely covered with overlapping pieces of fabric.

7.  Once your paper is covered, open the book cover up and place textbook back inside and carefully close the book. Place a piece of wax paper in between the front cover and front page and the back cover and the back page. This will keep the cover from actually sticking to the book as it dries. Allow to dry overnight.

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